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How To Recover From Too Much Celebrating

Four Healthy Recuperation Tips

Do you have any tips for recovering from the indulgences of the holidays and kick start my 2015 resolution of being healthier?   -Mark, Burlington.

Enjoyed the holidays? Perhaps enjoyed the holidays a little TOO much!? We’ve all been there.  The holiday season hits, it’s one celebration after another with rich foods, chocolates and pastries at every turn, and wine and champagne flowing more frequently than water! Suddenly it’s “Oh, hey 2015.  I feel ill and exhausted…nice to meet you!”  

January is a great time to press that RE-BOOT button and implement healthier habits that both support vitality and gently cleanse the body. To get back on track and feel like an even better version of your 2014 self, add some of the following suggestions into your daily routine:  

Drink water: Our bodies are made of approximately 75% water. Every cell depends on water to function optimally, to pull nutrients in and flush waste product out.  There is no one size fits all for consumption, but a good rule of thumb is to aim for 6-8 glasses of water daily. It’s an easy and effective solution to support your body.  

Get your greens: Think Popeye! “I’m strong to the finish when I eat me spinach”. Green leafy veggies and seaweeds are some of the most nutrient- dense foods we can eat to boost our vitality. They are full of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, C, & K, B vitamins, fibre, chlorophyll and a plethora of other phytonutrients. These contribute to immune function, cleansing and detoxification, energy, reducing inflammation, improving circulation and keeping the system alkaline for optimal cell function throughout the body. If you find it difficult to routinely eat enough greens, invest in a good organic greens powder to mix with a water, juice or smoothie!  Look for ingredients like spirulina, chlorella, kelp, kale, broccoli and spinach.

Add some cleansing herbs: The body is constantly under a state of detoxification. Ours cells are continuously creating waste product to be flushed away and the liver is always filtering and breaking down toxic substances for excretion. However, there are many factors that burden the body and impair these functions. This in turn can lead to less energy, more inflammation and poor digestive function to name a few symptoms. Gently improve the body’s ability to detox with small daily amounts of liver and blood cleansing botanicals. Some of my favourites are artichoke leaf, burdock root, dandelion root, nettles and schisandra berries.

Bentonite clay: A very powerful healing agent that can be used externally and internally, Bentonite clay is a mineral rich volcanic ash used for its sponge-like activity, and its unique ability to produce an electric charge that binds many toxins. It also aids in providing cells with oxygen, has an alkalizing effect on the body and can help balance gut bacteria.

Start with the basics, drink water and get your greens. Then add in detoxing herbs and bentonite clay to give your body a cleansing kick!